Samuel Adams Cream Stout | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of JasonL
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is by far one of my favorite sam adams brews. The overall feel and taste is top notch and it does leave a tasty creamy after taste. Its smooth for a dark beer and smells mostly like barley with a hint of chocolate. This is definitely one of my favorite beers from sam adams.

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Photo of Dave128
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A rigorous pour yields a 3 finger brown head and a slight cascade effect. Body color is almost black. Barely get some ruby highlights when holding it up against natural light. Lacing from the pour is fantastic but doesnt seem to be following suit with the rest of the drink. A thin head permanently rests on top of the body.

S - Smells of delicious dark roasty malt. No hop presence. A slight alcoholic smell is surprising given the ABV of this beer. Slightly smoky.

T - Dark and and surprisingly rich. Bittersweet chocolate flavor. As with the nose, it is slightly smoky on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Great for the style.

O - A very solid low gravity stout. It lacks some flavor that the bigger stouts have, but this one is very palatable.

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Photo of clemtiger8202
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a thick tan head that produced a lot of lacing and stuck around solidly. Smelled of burnt malt, coffee, and a hint of coffee or espresso. Tasted of espresso with a little bit of unsweet chocolate. A slight hoppiness that balanced the roasted malt and kept the beer from being too sweet. Had a creamy (as the name says) mouthfeel as a milk stout should.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color—traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that died down but left a large patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose along with some hints of chocolate malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and rather flavorful for the style.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with a tan, 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a consistent, sticky lace.

Smell - Notes of smokey malt roastedness. Subtle hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. Starts with smoked, roasted malts with coffee and subtle chocolate notes that shine through on the backend. The hops are near unidentifiable, but do well to give this stout some balance.

Mouthfeel - Lives up to it's name: medium to full body with a supreme creaminess accompanied by a near perfectly matched carbonation. Goes down almost unfairly smooth.

Overall - Microbrewers take note, this is a fantastic stout. Smooth like Guinness, but with a far superior flavor profile. A for sure future buy.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown bordering on black in color with some lighter brown at the edges when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of roasted malts, chocolate, and a significant amount of lactose.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a solid body of roasted malts and chocolate malts which contribute a light amount of bittersweet chocolate flavor. Also, there is a moderate strength presence of lactose contributing to the sweetness of the beer.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but not amazing. I could easily have a couple of these in a session.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a very dark brown color that could almost pass for pitchblackness. The head is a one finger lighter tan color with lowish retention and texture, but nice lacing.

S: A bit milky smelling, with a great backbone comprised of hazelnut, chocolate, and roasted barley. A very enjoyable aroma, but a little weak.

T: Initially, notes of milky cream open things up well, before giving way to a midtaste dominated by roasted barley and a chocolate undercurrent. This also seeps into the finish, blending with light coffee and ash notes. It's a light stout and knows it, but I'll be damned if there aren't occasions where it gets away with coming across as something bigger.

M: Nicely creamy, but I want a little more finishing roasty dryness. The light ashyness is pleasant (unlike in ST's 2X Stout) and it goes down easily enough. Though I think the carbonation could be toned down a hair.

O: This is probably one of SA's best regular offerings, and the fact that it's available practically everywhere is a plus. Recommended.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Deep dark brown with a tall fluffy head with decent retention and lacing. Smells and tastes of a blend of dark and milk chocolate, a dash of coffee and cream, and a hint of toffee sweetness. Medium body and carbonation levels, creamy smooth texture.

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Photo of kagent777
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best before date of Nov 2012 purchased from the Utah system poured into a perfect pint.

Appearance: This is a pretty beer. The cap was three fingers tall and settles to one finger with loads of lacing, all on top of a very nearly black beer.

Smell: Roasted malts! General, rather than specific, coffee and chocolate notes. A dark bread sweetness mixes nicely with some earthy hop bitterness.

Taste: Roastiness and bittersweet tastes dominate. A very light dried fruit, cherry or prune, note. A bready taste reminds me of dark chewy pretzels.

Mouthfeel: The body is not too heavy, but the taste is very rich so it coats the palate well. The carbonation is on the lighter side.

Overall: This is a rich beer, heavy in flavor, but not so heavy in the body or alcohol as a big Russian Impy. This beer and style fit in a nice sweet spot, very solid offering.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a dark roast color with a 1 inch cream colored head that leaves some good lacing.

S: Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, and a hint of dark fruit.

T: Nice roasted malt bite at the front, followed by some dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruit like an apple or some kind of berry.

M: Very smooth and creamy beer, has a bit of a kick. Too dark to notice any carbonation, but very drinkable.

O: This is a slow sipper for me as with all stouts. As to how it measures up to others in its class, its right up there at the top. One of Sam Adams finest creations, cheers!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dead Guy Ale pint glass. Pours a deep black with a tan two finger head. Looks delicious. Leaves an odd spiderweb like lacing all throughout the glass once finished. The smell is of dark chocolate and coffee. Not a fan of dark chocolate, But whatever, smells good. The taste starts off as medium toasted malt, Met in the finish by a rich, chocolate flavor and ever so slight coffee beans. Tastes like a big ole Chips Ahoy Cookie. The mouthfeel is pretty much the same, Once swallowed it feels as though you just took a big bite out of a cookie with chunky bits of chocolate chips. It also has an extremely creamy finish and is as smooth as velvet. Would I buy it again? Yes, Oh yes

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Photo of sethcroisant
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1-2 finger light brown/tannish head. fairly persistent lacing

S- coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, hints of caramel

T- tang up front from roasted malt and a hint of hops. immediately countered by flavors of chocolate and caramel that add incredible balance. the roasted malt is joined by tones of black malt that linger

O- oh my...this may be the best beer, for the price, i've ever had. one of the finest offerings from sam adams.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to a nonic tasting glass - Best by July 2012
*notes from July 3rd.

A: SA Cream Stout pours a dark root beer brown that sits near black when in the glass. Produces a large amount of loose fitting dark tan head that craters out at an even pace. Leaving some irregular ribbons of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of roast malt with a bit of earthy oak-like character. Gives way to dark chocolate covered caramels, licorice, and a bit of grainy oats/cereals.

T: Tastes offers up dark roast grain and burnt caramel toffees met with some toasted cereal and oats. There is some chocolate noted with a dash of dry roast coffee. It has a slight tart acrid finish. Low to moderate amount of bitterness as expected for the style. Has all the right components but somewhat lackluster in depth and intensity of flavors.

M: Feel is a tad watery for me with a somewhat smooth and light creamy texture. Carbonation is fine. A bit dry and acrid in the finish.

D: Above average cream stout that is light and easy to drink but has that "mass produced" sort of feel. There are much better craft options available.

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Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown bordering on black; thin brown head that has little retention

S - caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, faint coffee, faint lactose

T - roasted malts, coffee, lactose, faint caramel

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied but a bit thin at times

This is a pretty solid beer. It's got good flavor and great drinkability. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into angled glass mug

A - several fingers of tan head atop a black body with brown highlights; very nice trail of lace rings

S - rich coffee and chocolate with a pleasant lactic quality

T - coffee and chocolate, touch of smoke, milky and earthy, bittersweet finish; very good balance between the malty sweetness and the bitterness from the hops and the burnt malts

M - full-bodied, high carbonation, moderately astringent, thick and creamy

O - a very decent milk stout

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a thick, tan head. Roasted malt and residual sweetness dominate the nose. The beer tastes roasty and chocolatey, with significant sweetness. There's also a mild astringent flavor. Sort of like a poorly sanitized homebrew. Possibly a bad bottle? The beer is full bodied with fair carbonation. Overall a decent stout, other than the lingering off-flavor.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and dark mahogany , with decent coffee-coloured head, minimal lacing. Mouthfeel not as silky as I’d hoped from the appearance.

The aroma is almost stunningly of chocolate milk - something I don't think I've ever enjoyed in a beer aroma before! Dark malt undertones mean it doesn't smell purely of "dessert". Flavours of chocolate and coffee are very prominent in the taste; I'd guess a very extensive dark, roasted malt bill. Less lactose in the taste than I expected from the aroma, but enough to be well balanced. The finish is musky and dark and lingers for an impressively long time.

All in all, a much more complicated beer than I'd expected for 4.9% ABV. Well done, Sam Adams!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with 2+ fingers of tan head that lasts for a couple minutes before receding to a cap

S: Lightly roasted and malty, with a hint of lactose sweetness and some chocolate and coffee notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off very roasty and slightly astringent, and then goes into a nice lactose and chocolate sweetness. Get some burnt coffee towards the end with more light sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: A very nice, easy-drinking cream stout with just the right amount of sweetness. Definitely on the sessionable side and at a nice price point and availability. Probably doesn't get the attention it deserves because of the size of SA/BBC

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thin head on top of black.

Great smell of roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Tastes almost perfect. Good cream, roasted malt, and burnt malt too. There's an underlying bitterness that balances the malt nicely.

The texture is great. Smooth and creamy, low carbonation, medium to heavy body.

A great drink. Tough to beat for everyday.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a two-finger brown head. Sticky lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Sweet, creamy, chocolate, light hops, very malty.

Taste: Much lighter tasting than I had expected, but good nonetheless. Notes of chocolate dominate, with a subtle cream flavor, slight bitterness, almost coffee-like in flavor. Slight metal taste.

Mouthfeel: It's lighter in mouthfeel than I was expecting; light to medium bodied and moderate carbonation. It could be a bit more creamy.

Overall: A pretty nice brew that is hampered by its light taste and body, but still worth a shot.

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Photo of ShaunNewman
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack and poured into a glass.

A- Very dark brown can can only see a hint of light when held close to one. Tan head with some lacing.
S- Chocolate with just a slight hint of lacing.
T- Mildly sweet with notes of chocolate and roasted grains
M- light carbonation and lightly creamy feel.

I'm slowly turning into a stout fan and this one is going to help.

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Photo of tjacobs610
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark in color, with a very thick foamy caramel colored head and lacing. The head is about three fingers

Smell: Roasted malty smell, chocolaty, caramel, toffee, and very earthy. Has a very complex smell, more so than most of this group

Taste: Very full beer, with a very smooth creamy taste. Has a malty roasted flavor, with bitter malts. Also has some chocolate tones with sweetness

Mouthfeel: Very creamy feel, not overly carbonated. Has the perfect mix of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: Very easy to drink, and with such a bitter bite makes it even better. This beer is only something I will drink if it’s fresh. It is still one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, a deep brown while pouring, two finger light tan head

S-Some roasted malt and slight coffee flavors

T-Roasted malt, some milk, a little coffee.

M-Medium bodied, thin, not creamy at all

O-It could be that Creme Brulee ruined all other Milk Stouts for me however it isn't that sweet, I didn't get any chocolate and it was thin.

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Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a finger length light brown head. There's an aroma of roasted malts and coffee. I can also smell some chocolate. The first sip delivers the roasted malt flavor as well as the coffee and hints of chocolate. There's a pleasing mild bitterness. The flavors linger on the palatte. This is mildly carbonated and abundant lacing is left on the glass. This beer is medium bodied and very smooth and creamy. This is a well balanced, top notch beer.

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Photo of scratch69
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Little lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel.

Taste- Roasted malt with slight chocolate notes. Slightly bitter at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth and silky on the tongue.

Overall- This one of the better stouts that I have tried. It is going to find a place on my go-to list of beers.

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